F08 Sports Equipment and Facilities


    About the Event

    An ASTM Mock Trial will be held Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 1:00pm to 5:30pm. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces, and Facilities, the workshop will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with the November standards development meetings of the committee.

    Objective
    The purpose of this exercise will be to demonstrate how the absence of consensus standards combined with a complex and contradictory regulatory framework can result in serious legal difficulties for sporting goods manufacturers. Real facts and actual cases will be used to demonstrate this. The names have been changed to protect the guilty!

    The program will feature a trial of a case presented by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association's Legal Task Force. This group of very experienced trial counsel regularly represent sporting goods manufacturers in product liability litigation. The program will be both informative and entertaining. It will be the least expensive trial experience you will ever have!


    Registration Information

    Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the workshop and closes November 5, 2014. The fees to attend this workshop are listed below.

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee includes admission to the technical sessions only.

    All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.

    Cancellation
    A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the workshop. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at hsparks@astm.org or 610-832-9678.

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at hsparks@astm.org, Tel: 610-832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at support@astm.org or 1-800-262-1373 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).

    OnlineOn Site
    ASTM Member FeeWaivedWaived
    Non-Member Fee25.0050.00
    Presenter FeeWaivedWaived
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    Workshop attendees interested in receiving 0.35 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the workshop, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the workshop.


    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairman Mark S. Granger, Granger Legal Consulting, Schroon Lake, NY, E-mail mgranger@mgrangerlaw.com,
    Tel- 518-532-7459.


    Hotel Information

    All meetings will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130. Reservations may be made via our reservation link Registration for Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

    Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Reservations may also be made by telephoning the Sheraton New Orleans at 504-525-2500 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate).

    Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full, but no later than October 10, 2014. ASTM rates are $189 single/double plus 13% tax. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full.

    U.S. Government Rates: The Sheraton New Orleans has a limited number of rooms at the Government per diem rate of $151.

    IMPORTANT! ASTM Rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

    ADVANCE DEPOSIT: The Sheraton New Orleans requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

    CONFIRMATION NOTICES: A confirmation number is provided to you electronically once your reservation has been submitted.

    CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Sheraton New Orleans, notice of cancellation must be received 72 hours prior to arrival date.

    Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.

    INTERNET: The Sheraton New Orleans has high speed internet access in all guestrooms at $5.95-$14.95 plus tax daily.


    Transportation and Directions

    The Sheraton New Orleans is located approximately 15 miles/35 minutes from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. The hotel's phone number is 504-525-2500 and the general fax number is 504-595-5552. The website for the hotel is Sheraton New Orleans Information.

    For information on the city of New Orleans, visit the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau website at: New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: You may reserve a ride between the Sheraton New Orleans and Louis Armstrong International Airport through New Orleans Airport Shuttle. Rates are $20 one way/$38 roundtrip. Call 504-522-3500 for information or make reservations online at least 24 hours prior to your flight time at Sheraton New Orleans Hotel Airport Shuttle. Taxis are available outside of baggage claim and the average fare to Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is $33.

    PARKING: Valet parking service is available for the Sheraton New Orleans guests; the hotel does not offer self-parking. Vehicles are secured in a covered garage adjacent to the hotel. Due to limited space and height restrictions parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis and the hotel cannot accommodate oversized vehicles. Overnight guest rate is $38 plus tax.


    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules of Committee F08 are posted on the ASTM web site at www.astm.org/COMMIT/COMMITTEE/F08.htm or contact the ASTM staff manager, Rick Lake at rlake@astm.org or tel: 610-832-9689.


    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee F08 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web page listed immediately above, and click on "Future Meetings".


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